Feds issue civil rights guidance to charter schools

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Department of Education sent a “Dear Colleague” letter May 14 to charter schools nationwide regarding their obligations under federal civil rights laws.

As charter schools have increased in popularity in recent years, they have been criticized by many disability rights advocates for low enrollment numbers of students with disabilities, as well as the perception that they exclude this population to boost their testing ratings.

In regard to admissions, the DOE stated that since enrollment at charter schools is choice-based, unlike regular public schools, charter schools may have to make “special considerations” to ensure access to information about application processes.

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